Criminal Defence and Police Investigations

"They have a stellar reputation but they are also approachable and a pleasure to work with. They are very sensible and give good advice to both counsel and clients."

Chambers and Partners, 2019

Our team of criminal litigation lawyers has a longstanding reputation as one of the leading firms for criminal defence work. We represent clients at police station interviews through to court and trial for offences ranging from theft to common assault, GBH, manslaughter, murder and serious violence, drugs, firearms, serious road traffic, harassment, coercive control, blackmail and extortion, possession of indecent images and serious sexual offences among others. We also advise in relation to appeals and miscarriages of justice, international, business and financial crimes.
 

Our reputation is based on 80+ years of discreetly providing the highest quality advice and representation to our clients to protect their rights and interests, hold the police to account, and securing the best result for them. We represent a wide range of clients, including young people, professionals and well-known individuals in government, sports, media, entertainment and financial industries, for whom a criminal investigation can have devastating reputational, personal, financial and professional consequences. We work closely with our reputation and media lawyers to provide a seamless comprehensive service.

Accused of a criminal offence

Contacting us as soon as you become aware of a police investigation increases the opportunity to resolve the matter quickly and discreetly.  We will seek to avoid an arrest and protect you from the resulting potentially damaging consequences, such as oppressive bail conditions and restriction on your current or future travel.

We know that the police interview is often the most significant aspect of a criminal case.  Getting the right advice at this stage is crucial.  Our experienced police station advisers will carefully guide you through this challenging process.

For cases that go to court, we examine every detail to ensure the best possible outcome.  Working alongside barristers and expert witnesses, we ensure that every legal or evidential point is carefully considered. This approach has seen our clients enjoy a high acquittal rate. Where a conviction cannot be avoided, we ensure that mitigation is advanced to maximise the chances of the most lenient sentence.

Kingsley Napley is ranked in Band 1 for General Crime by both Chambers  and Partners and Legal 500.

"The ‘first-rate’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP is ‘efficient, strategic, committed and able to handle the most complex of criminal cases as well as more general crime cases’. It advises corporations and individuals on sexual offences, violent crimes, drug offences, firearms offences, extradition and high-profile matters with an international element."

Legal 500 UK 2019 

"They very much embrace the need to look at the whole situation; they look at the media exposure - for people in the public eye and for a particular type of high net worth individual, that's very important and I've seen them handle that side of things very well. They're one of those few firms that would give clients a genuine round-the-clock service, seven days a week"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

Examples of recent work

Examples of work and clients our criminal litigation lawyers have include representing:

  • High profile individuals relating to historic sex offences and #MeToo allegations
  • An individual facing #MeToo allegations and becoming a victim of blackmail
  • A high profile individual facing potential criminal liability in the UK for US data breaches
  • A high profile television personality charged with a driving offence
  • An individual prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving
  • An individual subject to police investigation relating to harassment causing psychological injuries
  • An internationally-recognised artist investigated for domestic assault
  • An individual charged with and investigated for conspiracy of rape
  • A partner in an international law firm facing accusations of sexual misconduct in the workplace
  • A high-profile professional sportsperson for a speeding offence
  • A youth charged with attempted murder while under the influence of drugs
  • An individual convicted of rape in an appeal against conviction based on disclosure issues

 

WHAT CLIENTS AND DIRECTORIES HAVE SAID

"They have a very sophisticated high net worth practice and a real sensitivity to the kind of issues that high net worth individuals face"

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"It is an excellent firm - the level of preparation for cases is just fantastic."                           

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"John Harding and David Sleight lead the ‘top-flight’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP...Sandra Paul also comes highly recommended ."

Legal 500

''...Kingsley Napley LLP’s ‘high-end practice’ is part of the firm’s criminal law team, and able to draw on this expertise to handle enforcement actions for its individual and growing corporate client base...''

Legal 500 UK

"Kingsley Napley is pre-eminent at what it does: high-end, complex criminal work for high-profile individuals."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"One of the most highly regarded criminal defence firms, noted for its high-profile mandates from media organisations and sports professionals."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

 

Further information

If you are accused of a criminal offence or you have any questions, please contact a member of our criminal litigation team or call us on 020 7814 1200 to speak with us in confidence.

"Leading criminal team that demonstrates impressive strength in depth across a broad range of cases. Regularly acts on high-profile cases involving well-known public figures. Highly recommended for its handling of complex murder charges and historic sexual abuse investigations."

Chambers UK 2019, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"They stand out because of their ability to stop a case before it gets started. Their commitment, preparation and tenacity set them apart. They are a strong firm. Their various departments work in harmony and deliver the same high-quality work."

Chambers UK 2018, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"They pick up some fantastic work, they have some fantastic clients and they have a skill of trying to get rid of matters before they go too far."

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

"Their reputation as being the pre-eminent solicitors in this market is deserved. They are justifiably instructed in infamous, heavyweight cases and I can't imagine that anyone is ever dissatisfied with the service they receive."

Chambers UK, 2017

"The crime team is first-rate. They are dedicated, hard-working and tireless in their preparation of cases."

Chambers UK, 2017

"first-class firm in terms of client care, as well as its thorough and meticulous approach to case preparation, both at pre-charge stage and at trial"

Legal 500 UK, 2017

"They are determined to do the best for their clients at all times and leave absolutely no stone unturned. It is a brilliant defence firm."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession
 

Sandra Paul discusses the complexities and challenges of dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace

Services

Police Station Representation and Advice

Our team includes specialist police station advisers. We are proactive in achieving the best outcomes for our clients.

Sexual Offences

We deal with the highest profile and most sensitive cases, providing expert advice and support to both individuals and companies.

Sports, Media and High Profile Personalities

For over 75 years, our lawyers have discreetly advised public figures in some of the highest profile cases of the last century. Our lawyers understand the pressures of being in the public eye and seek to shield our clients from the often intrusive media glare.

Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice

We recognise that the criminal justice system is fallible. To be convicted of an offence or otherwise be the subject of any adverse finding is hurtful and frustrating.

Cash Seizures, Restraint Orders and Confiscation Proceedings

We understand the importance for individuals and companies of minimising the effect of restraint and freezing orders.

Court Proceedings

The decision about which court your case should be heard in is an important one, read more about frequently asked questions relating to court proceedings.

Cyber Crime

Whether you are facing an investigation or prosecution or are the target of such activity, our cyber crime lawyers can help.

Drugs

There is a myth that sharing drugs amongst friends is OK. When you pass a drug to someone else, even if it is not for money, this amounts to supply.

Firearms

Our weapons and firearms legislation consists of a complicated labyrinth of law that dating back to 1968. We have successfully guided novices through to firearms enthusiasts giving advice as to the best course to take. Our criminal law team includes specialist advisers with an interest and expertise in this specialist area.

Harassment and Other Familial Allegations

From allegations dealing with the threat of violence or the ever-changing landscape of stalking and harassment to new offences, such as controlling or coercive behaviour and revenge porn our internationally recognised expert solicitors are highly experienced in representing clients accused of offences within personal relationships.

Assault, Murder and Other Offences Involving Violence

Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in dealing with allegation of serious crime including offences against the person such as assault, murder and manslaughter throughout the life of a case from the police station through to trial.

Youth Crime and the Law

Our experienced youth crime lawyers are committed to understanding your child and finding a solution that protects their reputation. We have considerable experience and demonstrated success in ensuring that age, lack of willingness to communicate and curiosity are not misinterpreted as illegality.

Serious Road Traffic Offences

The law relating to driving offences is amongst the most complex in criminal law. Many people rely on their vehicles for their jobs or their families. Losing your licence can have devastating effects on all aspects of your life. Should you find yourself subject to a police investigation or summons, it is vital that you obtain professional legal advice as quickly as possible.

Blackmail and Extortion

Should you find yourself the victim of extortion or are accused of threatening someone, you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

Simple Cautions FAQs

We answer some of the most frequently asked questions asked about simple cautions

Medical Cannabis: Licensing and Investment

We advise corporates and individuals on all aspects of investing and licensing in cannabis industry.

Dawn Raids, Search and Seizure

When subject to a “Dawn Raid”, search and seizure operation and search order you require timely advice. Our specialist lawyers can provide the assistance you require.

Private Prosecutions

Private prosecutions provide a useful legal remedy for companies, regulators and individuals to pursue criminal proceedings.

Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace

We advise organisations and individuals dealing with sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Victims and Witnesses of Crime

Being a witness or victim of crime can be a challenging experience. We guide victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system.

Criminal Defence and Police Investigations Insights

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News

Sex, lies and legal consent: Can deceit turn sex into rape? - Sandra Paul comments in BBC News

Jason Lawrance appeals against vasectomy lie rape convictions - Sandra Paul comments in BBC News

UK prosecutor handed £85m funding injection - Louise Hodges quoted

Opening statement in police interviews is still an important strategy - Matthew Hardcastle co-authors article in The Law Society Gazette

Digital strip search: How everything from Facebook messages to Fitbit data could be used against you in court - Sandra Paul quoted in The Telegraph

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Blogs

Pre trial cross-examination of sexual offence complainants

Does accessing mobile data of rape victims threaten their right to privacy?

Sentences for young people should take account of their maturity

Coming soon: the Domestic Abuse Bill

The use of force against intruders – the blurry lines of ‘lawful killing’

“Stealthing” conviction brings conditional consent out in the open

Widening the net: investigating and prosecuting offences overseas

On the cliff edge: Do we need formal sentencing guidelines for ‘young adults’?

Eastenders explores rape: Part 5 - what happens when a complainant wants to "drop the case"?

Sex Dolls: New Guidance but No Clarity

Tongue splitting, ear removal and branding - the limits of consent as a defence to extreme body modification (Part II)

“GPS tagging”: real time monitoring of individuals

Victims of blackmail: will your identity be protected?

Lie detection tests for convicted domestic abuse offenders is a costly distraction

Responding to blackmail if you are not Jeff Bezos

Sex for rent / rent for sex - revised CPS guidance

Eastenders explores rape: Part 4 – what happens when someone is accused of rape?

Socially engineered juries....what next?

Prosecuting rape cases and serious sexual assaults: the debate continues

Changes to the Code for Crown Prosecutors

Ensuring crime doesn’t pay: confiscation regime under review

ICO secures first prosecution under Computer Misuse Act

Indecent images – are the police about to embark upon a new approach?

New guidance for prosecutors will make the slow grind of our legal system worse

C5 notices – extrajudicial punishment or innovative policing?

EastEnders explores rape: Part 1 - consent is more complicated than ‘yes’ or ‘no’

Fresher’s Week – what consent is and why drunkenness is not a defence

Search warrants at banks in the UK: what you need to know

How to bring an allegation of sexual misconduct in the workplace

The risk of Salmond’s aggressive approach to allegations

The criminal offence of controlling and coercive behaviour: avoiding the potential pitfalls in family proceedings

PACE under review: no excuse for failing to maintain the dignity of those held in custody

Unduly lenient sentences: a numbers game

Facing a sexual misconduct allegation at work: the importance of your first account

Disclosure of Evidence in Criminal Cases – time to restore fairness in the criminal justice system

The death penalty: do we, or do we not, oppose it?

Search Warrants: the case for reform – costs

Search Warrants: the case for reform – an introduction

Revised PACE Codes of Practice coming into force

What is “sextortion” and what can you do about it?

Sentencing guidelines - acting as a director whilst disqualified

Russia 2018: the ugly face of the beautiful game

Serious and organised crime threats to the UK: 2018 and beyond

Dangerous Dogs Act under review – is it fit for purpose?

Sexting: “Outcome 21” - a solution or part of the problem?

Youth Justice Part Two: Mini sex offenders or just kids?

Tongue splitting, ear removal and branding - the limits of consent as a defence to extreme body modification

Youth Justice Part One: Criminalising kids - a guide to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act for young people

Time to apply the brakes: do we need a new offence of dangerous cycling?

Coercive control and its effect on family court cases

Mobile Fingerprinting Raises Privacy Issues

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